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GETTING JOLTED, STANDING DOWN…SO JOIN’EM

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 14:19

As we wind down Firefighter Stand Down Week, I was personally (again) jolted to reality yesterday when a Firefighter friend of mine announced, on Twitter, the he was diagnosed with cancer. Many of you know Bill Carey, the editor of www.FireFighterNation.com and when he sent the tweet out, he used it to draw attention to “getting checked”….he definitely got his followers attention.

 

The whole issue of getting a physical/check up seems to also be clouded with the idea that if you don’t get one-you will be able to ignore what “might” be floating around in your body. How stupid we can all be sometimes….

 

Just Do It. Odds are you will be fine and will have that piece of mind. But if you aren’t OK, you are that much ahead of it and dealing with whatever is in there.

 

At the same time I saw Bill’s tweet, I received an email from one of many FD’s doing the stand down stuff this week….this one is pretty cool and worth sharing with you:

 

During this week  (June 17-23) the Millburn Fire Department in NJ, near NYC, under the leadership of Chief Robert Echavarria, participated in the 2018 Firefighter Stand Down….with this year’s theme being “Be Aware-Get Checked,” which focuses on the importance of early detection through annual medical evaluations/physicals.

They end the week today with something very cool. Today (Friday, June 22, 2018) the Millburn FD and St. Barnabas Medical Center will offer free, confidential medical screenings for all on and off-duty firefighters. In addition, representatives of the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and other agencies will hand out information and answer firefighters’ questions about the health issues they face on the job.

 

Outstanding.

 

Once again THANKS to the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section for their continued leadership on the annual stand down, along with their year round initiatives. Thanks also to the National Volunteer Fire Council and the many other fire service organizations that support this annual “highlighting” of keeping Firefighters alive.

 

And a special congrats to the Officers and members of the Millburn NJFD for setting the example of taking care of their own…and for MFD Captain Adam Brenner for sharing the details, Any FD’s interested in their program can contact the Captain at  abrenner@millburntwp.org

 

YOU CAN JOIN ‘EM

The IAFC is doing a special membership drive right now-membership is open to all Firefighters, Fire Officers and of course Chief Officers. Specifically, the IAFC SHS is looking for new members to continue to work on Firefighters survival initiatives.

 

CHECK IT OUT HERE AND SEE ATTACHED: 
https://www.iafc.org/membership/become-a-member

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Categories: Fire Service, Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Excavating Company Following Fatal Trench Collapse

OSHA - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00
June 22, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Excavating Company Following Fatal Trench Collapse
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U.S. Department of Labor Joins Safety Partnership in Wisconsin

OSHA - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00
June 22, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Joins Safety Partnership in Wisconsin
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HOUSTON FIREFIGHTER TREATED FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION – HELMET CATCHES FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:39

Investigators believe fires overnight at two vacant houses within blocks of each other in southeast Houston are suspicious.

The first fire started around 1:45 a.m. on Idaho Street and Ward Street. Crews arrived to find the home engulfed in flames.

As they were working to extinguish the fire, another call came in 4-and-a-half blocks away at Idaho Street and Dumble Street.

At the second location, a firefighter’s helmet caught fire. Video shows his colleague patting it out.

Authorities say battling the two blazes was taxing on the crews, sending one firefighter to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion.

The causes of both fires are under investigation.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

FL FIRE ENGINE CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:47

No injuries were reported after a collision between a Nokomis fire truck and a trailer caused power tools and saws to fly across Tamiami Trail at Laurel Road, according to witness Dan Henry.

Henry, a Suncoast News Network meteorologist, said he witnessed a southbound fire engine with its lights activated coming down the road. A westbound pickup on Laurel Road with a hinged trailer collided with the fire truck. Henry said the trailer was carrying power tools and saws.

Florida Highway Patrol Dispatcher Officer Amy Nunn says a collision occurred between a red Toyota Tundra pickup and a fire engine on the southbound turn lane of Tamiami Trail at Laurel Road. State troopers were dispatched to the scene at 11:22 a.m.

The scene is clear and traffic is flowing, according to Nunn.

FHP is investigating the cause of the crash, the speed both parties were traveling and whether the fire truck was responded to an emergency.

The Nokomis Fire Department could not be reached for comment.

FHP couldn’t confirm the spread of power tools and saws after the collision, but videos showed people picking up debris from the road. A news release on the incident should be released later this afternoon, according to FHP.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

OSHA and the International Safety Equipment Association Form Alliance to Protect Workers’ Safety and Health

OSHA - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:00
June 21, 2018 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Florida Utility Contractor for Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:00
June 20, 2018  U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Florida Utility Contractor for Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor and Montana Contractor Compensation Fund Sign Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety

OSHA - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:00
June 20, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor and Montana Contractor Compensation Fund Sign Alliance to Promote Workplace Safety
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